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|The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Book 3 - Union achieved and its Results|
meditation, one-pointedly fixed upon the sun, will come a consciousness (or knowledge) of
the seven worlds.
This passage has been commented upon at length by many writers for many centuries. Simply for the sake of clarity let us modernize the statement and reduce its terms to those of modern occultism.
The various terms used here serve frequently to confuse the student and it might be wise if we used only two sets of terms, one conveying the orthodox oriental terminology as found in the best commentaries, and the other the one most easily recognizable by the western investigator. Using Wood's translation we find the following:
7. Satya - the world of those Gods who are unmanifest.
[5-7 = Brahma; 3-7 = Svar.]
This differentiation of the world into seven  great divisions is also interesting in so far as it demonstrates the equal accuracy of the fivefold division which some of the commentators hold.
These seven worlds correspond to the modern occult division of our solar system into seven planes embodying seven states of consciousness and enfolding seven great types of living beings. The analogy will be seen as follows:
|7. Logoic Plane||Tatya||World of the emanating cause.
World of the first aspect.
|6. Monadic Plane||Tapas||Divine world.
World of the second aspect.
|5. Atmic Plane||Jana||Spiritual world.
World of the third aspect.
|4. Buddhic Plane||Mahar Prajapatya||Christ world.
Intuitional or Christ consciousness.
|3. Mental Plane||Mahendra||World of the mind and of the soul.
|2. Astral Plane||Antariksa||World of the emotions
Kamic or desire consciousness.
|1. Physical Plane||Bhu||Earth world
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interesting to note certain comments of Vyasa on this differentiation, for they blend in
with modern Theosophical thought.
The earth plane is described by him as "supported respectively by solid matter, by water, by fire, by wind, by air and by darkness... wherein living creatures, having been allotted a long and grievous length-of-life, feeling the misery incurred as the result of their own karma, are born." Comment here is needless.
In connection with the second plane, the astral, reference is made to the fact that the stars (the lives), on that plane are "driven by the wind as cows are driven by the plowman in a circle around the threshing floor" and that they are "regulated by the steady impulsion of the wind." We have here a wonderful picture of how all lives are driven by the force of their desires on the wheel of rebirth.
Vyasa notes that the mind world is peopled by six groups of Gods (the six groups of egos and their six rays, the six subrays of the one synthetic ray, which is apparently inferred). These are the sons of mind, the Agnishvattas (referred to at length in the Secret Doctrine and in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire) and they are portrayed as:
In connection with the fourth world, Vyasa notes that it is the world of mastery, therefore the home of the Masters, and all liberated souls whose "food is contemplation" and whose lives are "for a thousand mundane periods," therefore who have immortality.
Then he describes the three highest planes, with the great existences who are the lives of those planes and in whom we "live and move and have our being." These correspond to the three planes of the Trinity and of these existences in their various groups, the following comments by Vyasa are illuminating. He states:
The ancient commentator sums up by making two basic statements which should be noted by the student. He says:
This means that our solar system is but a cosmic atom and is itself only a part of a still greater spheriodal whole. Then he states:
"By performing constraint upon the door of the sun, the yogin should directly perceive all this." Constraint is a term frequently used in translating phrases which mean "the harnessing or restraining of the modifications of the thinking principle;" in other words, perfect one-pointed meditation. By meditation upon the door of the sun full knowledge can be achieved. This means very briefly that through a knowledge of the sun within one's own heart and, through the light emanating from that sun, having found the portal of the path, one enters into relationship with the sun which is at the heart of our solar system and eventually finds that portal which admits a man to the sevenfold cosmic path. Of this no more need be said, as the object of Raja Yoga is to enable a man to find the light within himself and in that light see light. It enables him also  to find the door to life and subsequently to tread the path.
Only one more point need be touched upon. Esoterically the sun is regarded as triple:
In man, the microcosm, the correspondences are:
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